Laparoscopy Course for Small Animal Veterinary Practitioners and Veterinary Technicians
Monday, May 22, 2017 at 7:30 AM - Tuesday, May 23, 2017 at 5:30 PM (PDT)
Western University of Health Sciences
309 East 2nd Street
Pomona, CA 91766
Laparoscopy Course for Small Animal Veterinary Practitioners
May 22-23, 2017
Minimally invasive laparoscopic surgery is increasing in demand in small animal practice. Research shows that defined training programs and repetition of skills are essential to procedural success with minimal complications. We are offering a basic laparoscopic surgery course intended for veterinarians with minimal or no experience in the field. The course goal is to deliver essential basic theoretical knowledge and provide opportunities for practical experience of basic laparoscopic surgery using bench-top models initially, then progressing to live patient procedures. Equipment company representatives will provide valuable information for adding this modality to your practice. By the end of the course you will be ready for commencing and developing a safe laparoscopic practice.
The first day will include introduction to equipment and instrumentation, lectures and videos regarding the use of the laparoscopy instruments and explanation of the different laparoscopic basic skills training tasks and specific procedures such as biopsy (liver, pancreas and kidney), ovariectomy, thoracoscopy, and laparoscopic assisted procedures (intestinal biopsy, gastropexy and cystostomy). During the remainder of the day participants will train on laparoscopic models in basic laparoscopic skills (peg transfer, pattern cutting, suturing, and practicing the cautery-cutting device) and laparoscopic procedure (laparoscopic portals, insufflation, biopsy and ovariectomy).
The second day of the course will include practical laparoscopy surgery procedure (laparoscopic abdominal exploration, and ovariectomy) on live /anesthetized dogs.
Training your Veterinary Technician for Basic Minimally Invasive Surgery
This year we open the course also for veterinarian technicians. Your technicians are a vital component of the Minimal Invasive Surgery team. During this course, technicians will learn about preparation of equipment and instrumentation, preparation of patients for MIS procedures and all the anesthesia considerations for patients during MIS that occur as a result of abdominal insufflation. They will be ready to go!
Instructors and lecturers:
Dr. Ohad Levi, DVM
Dr. Dominique griffon, DMV, MS, PhD, DECVS, DACVS
Dr. Lyon Lee, DVM, PhD, DACVAA
Dr. Maria Fahie, DVM, DACVS
Dr. David Clark, DVM, DABVP
Miss Annette Chavarria-Marron, RVT
Miss Leslie Tortez, RVT
Mr. Dan McMahon/ Mr. Matt Willis, Karl Storz North America
7:30 -8:00: Breakfast (provided) and check-in
8:00 - 8:15: Dr. Nelson, CVM- WesternU Dean, welcome.
8:15 - 9:05: Dr. Ohad Levi: Introduction to Laparoscopy- Equipment/instruments, procedures.
9:05- 9:55: Dr. Lyon Lee: Anesthesia principals under insufflation
9:55-10:10: Coffee break
10:10 – 11:00: Dr. Dominique Griffon: Arthroscopy in small animals
11:00 – 11:50: Dr. Maria Fahie: Ovariectomy versus Ovariohysterectomy
11:50 - 12:50: Lunch (provided)
12:50 –14:30: Laparoscopy procedure, laparoscopic training on models (basic laparoscopic tasks, biopsy, and ovariectomy).
14:30 – 14:45: Coffee break
14:45- 17:00: Laparoscopic training on models (basic laparoscopic tasks, biopsy, ovariectomy).
7:30- 12:50: Lectures- together with clinicians including lunch (provided)
12:50 –14:30: Anesthesia considerations during MIS procedures, equipment and monitoring
14:30 – 14:45: Coffee break
14:45- 17:00: Equipment and instrument – recognition and maintenance
Veterinarians and Veterinary Technicians
8:00-8:30: Breakfast (provided)
8:30 -10:10: Surgery - laparoscopic basic technique and laparoscopic ovariectomy on a live dogs
10:10-10:25: Coffee break
10:25 - 12:05: Surgery - laparoscopic basic technique and laparoscopic ovariectomy on a live dogs
12:05-13:00: Lunch (provided)
13:00 – 14:40: Surgery - laparoscopic basic techniques and laparoscopic ovariectomy on live dogs
14:40-14:55: Coffee break
14:55 – 17:15: Surgery - laparoscopic basic techniques and laparoscopic ovariectomy on live dogs
Veterinary Technicians $500
Only credit card payments will be accepted through Eventbrite Registration
Registration is limited to 6 veterinarians and 4 Veterinary technicians. Once the registration is full a waiting list will be created. You will be contacted if any spots become available.
CE credits: 17*
* This continuing education program has been submitted to the Western University of Health Sciences College of Veterinary Medicine (WU-CVM) Continuing Education Committee (but not yet approved) for 17 hours of continuing education credit. This CE credit would be provided by WU-CVM as an AVMA accredited veterinary college and participants should be aware that some veterinary medical boards have limitations on the content and provider of continuing veterinary education credit. Please consult your states practice act.
Cancellations and Refunds:
Cancellations greater than 30 calendar days prior to the start of the event will result in a refund of 100% of registration costs.
Cancellations less than 30 days prior to the start of the event will result in no refund
Local airports are Ontario International (ONT ~15 minutes) and Los Angeles International (LAX ~ 60-120 minutes).
- If staying at Sheraton Fairplex shuttles can be arranged for transport to/from Ontario airport.
- If traveling in/out of LAX please keep in mind estimated travel time can be a minimum of 2 hours.
Sheraton Fairplex - Pomona, CA (Shuttle transportation provided)
Surrounding area hotels
- Ayres Hotel Chino Hills, CA (Shuttle transportation provided)
- Hampton Inn & Suites Chino Hills, CA
Double Tree by Hilton Claremont, CA
Hotel Casa 425 + Lounge, CA
The course is supported by Karl Storz – Endoscope and Medtronic
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When & Where
WesternU College of Veterinary Medicine Continuing Education
College of Veterinary Medicine, Office of Continuing Education; 309 E. Second Street, Pomona CA 91766; 909-469-8299; CVMCE@westernu.edu